Accident of school bus in Riverside County A woman was arrested and four people were taken to the hospital in an ambulance in a chain accident involving a school bus on Butterfield Stage Road on Friday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol. Butterfield Stage Road was closed until after 9:15 p.m. during the investigation, according to CHP Officer Mike Lassig. Mariah Reese, a 28-year-old resident of San Jacinto who was driving a Toyota Corolla that collided with the school bus, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. She was held at the Southwest Detention Center and bail was set at $50,000, according to jail records. Reese was scheduled to face charges of felony DUI with bodily injury and DUI over .08 with injuries at her trial, scheduled for Monday at 8 a.m. After the collision, two students were evaluated by paramedics at the scene. Both were taken to Temecula Valley Hospital for assessment. Another driver who suffered minor to moderate injuries in the accident was taken to Temecula Valley Hospital for treatment. The school bus driver was taken by ambulance to Inland Valley Hospital after suffering moderate injuries, according to Lassig's report. Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Friday, the school bus, carrying 44 passengers, transporting children from Crowne Hill Elementary School, all between 7 and 10 years old, was traveling north on Butterfield Stage Road at Pauba Road when it was struck by a speeding Corolla. "The driver of the Corolla attempted to overtake the school bus on the right when the right tires hit the curb," said Lassig. "That caused the Corolla to bounce off the curb and crash into the right side of the school bus." The force of the collision caused the school bus driver to lose control of the vehicle, causing the bus to cross into the southbound lane, according to Lassig. At the same time, a Toyota Highlander was traveling south on Butterfield Stage Road, just north of Pauba Road, in the number 1 lane. "The driver saw the school bus approaching her and attempted, but could not, avoid the school bus," Lassig said. "The bus collided with the left side of the Highlander, causing significant damage." All vehicles were stopped, and numerous witnesses called 911 to report the incident. The California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department, and AMR arrived minutes after the accident. "CHP investigators determined that the Toyota Corolla driver had been driving under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently arrested for felony DUI," Officer Lassig said. "CHP wants to remind the motoring public to always designate a driver. Driving under the influence is completely avoidable. If you drink, don't drive." Crowne Hill Elementary School Principal Dustin Hackney shared a letter with parents, describing the incident. "We are glad to report that no serious student injuries were reported, but some students were transported as a precaution. The bus driver was transported and is currently being evaluated. As a precaution, all individuals on board were evaluated by emergency professionals, and parents/guardians were notified immediately," Hackney wrote. "As we continue to prioritize safety, we would like to remind our families to exercise caution and comply with traffic laws when near school buses. Take this opportunity to discuss bus safety with your children, emphasizing the importance of remaining seated, following bus rules, and using seat belts when available." "Our thoughts are with those affected by this incident, and we remain committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff." The California Highway Patrol, Temecula Area, is conducting this traffic collision investigation. Location: Butterfield Stage Road, Temecula, CA, USA Contact us here on the Ligalegal website or through our direct line 626-790-7543. Legal Help in English visit Originally posted at Liga Legal® Abogados